Milwaukee-based Midwest Airlines announced last month that it will transfer all the routes now flown by its Skyway Airlines regional subsidiary to independent affiliate SkyWest Airlines. The transition will occur during March and April and involve the replacement of all 12 of Skyway’s Fairchild Dornier 328Jets with as many as eight SkyWest CRJ200s. Midwest Airlines attributed the decision to the declining economic effectiveness of Skyway’s fuel-thirsty 328Jets, now out of production for some six years. Midwest Air also plans to ground the four Beech 1900s Skyway now flies to four Michigan Essential Air Service destinations by April.
Some 380 pilots, flight attendants, mechanics and dispatchers will lose their jobs at Skyway as a result of the move, although another 750 support personnel will remain with Skyway’s continuing ramp and dining services operation for Midwest Airlines and Midwest Connect, and customer service operations at Midwest Connect field stations.